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Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood
Synopses & Reviews
The Pants first came to us at the perfect moment. That is, when we were splitting up for the first time. It was two summers ago when they first worked their magic, and last summer when they shook up our lives once again. You see, we dont wear the Pants year-round. We let them rest so they are extra powerful when summer comes. (There was the time this spring when Carmen wore them to her moms wedding, but that was a special case.)
Now were facing our last summer together. In September we go to college. And its not like one of those TV shows where all of us magically turn up at the same college. Were going to four different colleges in four different cities (but all within four hours of one anotherthat was our one rule). Were headed off to start our real lives.
Tomorrow night at Gildas well launch the Pants on their third summer voyage. Tomorrow begins the time of our lives. Its when well need our Pants the most.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Fans of the Traveling Pants series will be delighted to welcome back the four lifelong friends as they face their last summer together before separating for college. Though each girl has her own problems — and her own romance — to deal with, the quartet is there for each other, as are the magical pants that look good on them all (even if the pants themselves take a back seat in this installment). The author expertly splices together each friend's struggle with growing up: Bee's first love turns up as a fellow soccer coach at the summer camp where she is also coaching, Carmen's mother is expecting a new baby, Lena's father, as punishment for her sneaking off to an art class, will not pay for her education at Rhode Island art School of Design and Tibby is afraid when a longtime friendship turns into romance. Though readers new to the series may have trouble catching on to the back story, and a couple of plot points strain credibility (e.g., Tibby becomes Carmen's mother's last-minute labor coach), the girls are once again wonderfully drawn, with all their realistic faults. Readers will laugh as tough Carmen faces off with a police officer who stops her on her way to the hospital, and be touched when Lena draws a portrait of her recently widowed grandmother. Even in moments that edge toward melodrama (such as a parting shot of the four friends holding hands as they face the ocean surf), it's the girls' genuine love and tenderness that will win readers over and make them envious of the friends' strong bond. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
A lover of travel and of pants, Ann Brashares lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
From the Hardcover edition.
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